Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish will not pitch for Japan in the World Baseball Classic this coming spring, he has instead decided to focus on preparing for his second major league season. Darvish issued a statement on Tuesday claiming he made the decision after deliberating and discussing his options with coaches. Darvish pitched for Japan in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and helped his home country win its second World Baseball classic championship in 2009. He went 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 13 innings, while pitching five games int he WBC in 2009. He also got the final out of the tournament, in the championship game against South Korea. Darvish issued the following statement about his decision: “Given my substantial workload over the last few seasons and the numerous changes I’ve endured in my move to the United States, I have decided with my team of advisers that getting ample rest is the most important thing for me right now as I prepare for the 2013 season....
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